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Winter: Easy Ways to Clean Your Fireplace

by Diana Gould, GRI 12/01/2019

Photo by RawPixel via Pixabay

Before you start your first fire of the season, take a few moments to put your fireplace in order. You can do this in less than a half-hour if you gather everything you need. Here's the list:

  • Metal bucket with a lid for removing ash
  • A garden kneeling pad
  • Heavy rubber work gloves
  • A tarp or heavy drop-cloth
  • A small shovel and short-handled broom and dustpan
  • A scrub brush
  • Soft work rages
  • Paper towels
  • Used coffee grounds
  • A spray bottle with water
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar

Getting started

If you’ve recently lit a fire, wait at least a day before you clean it. The ashes need to completely cool. Then, lay the tarp or drop-cloth in front of the hearth. Put on a protective apron or old clothes. Situate the kneeling pads and don your rubber gloves.

Carefully lift out any tinder, kindling, or logs. Keep those that are burnable and set charred ones to the side for the trash bin. Then brush ash off the grate, remove it and place it to the side. Sprinkle a handful of the used coffee grounds onto the remaining ash to keep it from billowing up and filling the room. Then shovel out the ash into your metal bucket. With your broom and dustpan, sweep out the remaining ash, being careful to get into the corners and as far up the chimney as you can reach. Use your broom to sweep ash and dust off the screens too.

Spray water onto the areas stained with soot. If you have a newer fireplace (less than 50 years old), you can use a hearth cleaner if you like, following all directions on the packaging. For older fireplaces, use just water. If your firebox has stone or marble, add a little dish soap to the water bottle. Gently scrub with your brush and then rinse and wipe dry with the soft cloth. Wipe down your grate and fireplace tools with a damp cloth, next.

Use paper towels and a solution of vinegar and water (1-part vinegar to 9-parts water) to clean the glass doors, back and front, where applicable. Then, carefully fold up your tarp, keeping all the ash and debris inside, and take it out to the trash. Let the ash sit in the metal can overnight outside before sprinkling it on flowerbeds or tossing it in the vegetation recycling bin.

Now that your fireplace is sparkling clean, you're ready for any weather the season throws at you. If you're placing your house on the market, instead of lighting a fire, consider setting candles in it. Ask your professional home stager for other advice on making your home friendlier to visiting homebuyers.

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Diana Gould, GRI

Diana Gould is truly dedicated to providing exceptional, professional and comprehensive real estate services to her valued clients. She is very astute and highly skilled in the Acquisition and Marketing of Residential and Distinctive Luxury Properties. From Greenwich to Trumbull, Diana’s intimate knowledge of the distinctive communities of Lower Fairfield County is invaluable. In helping her clients to find their dream home or sell their special residence; Diana clearly distinguishes herself with proven results as she brings her client’s real estate dreams to life! As a Global Luxury Specialist, Diana excels at providing insightful, comprehensive guidance and marketing applications that produce results. Due to her extensive background as an CPA, she takes great care to educate and advise their clients with valuable analytical information and an informed and in-depth understanding of the current real estate market. When working with sellers, she implements effective and resourceful marketing strategies that clearly accentuate each property’s specific features. Skillfully taking every measure to position the seller’s property to stand out in the market place, she designs a beautiful presentation that incorporates professional photography, refined staging services and extensive visibility on multiple internet sites. Regardless of the time and effort it takes, when working with buyers, she works tirelessly to identify key opportunities that meet their lifestyle requirements. In serving her clients just newly relocating to the area, she is extremely diligent in seeing that their needs are thoroughly attended to and provides them with an insightful perspective into each community within the region. Diana’s clients trust in her integrity and insight and value her timely guidance and expertise in addressing all aspects of the transaction with professional competence. She is very thorough in providing constant communication about each important detail of the transaction and is always extremely attentive, accessible and responds promptly to her clients. Her attention to detail, consistent follow through and determination to indulge her clients with first class service sets her apart. She always strives to negotiate the best terms for her clients and when met with a tough challenge she is very creative, strategic and skillful in working through the issues. Diana ultimately ensures that each client receives outstanding counsel and exceptional representation in her efforts to accomplish their personal real estate goals. Diana further distinguishes herself with the following designations: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) and Certified Relocation Specialist (CRS) and Smart Home Certified.